Mission Peak Unitarian Universalist Congregation
Fremont, California       A spiritual community of open minds,
                                  nurturing growth and healing in ourselves and all people.
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This Sunday's Service
Jewelry Making Workshop
Gender Literacy 101
Black & White Gala
Stone Garden
Book Discussion
New to UU Class
President's email
Sunday Services Volunteers
Community Office Hours
Mission Peak UU Calendar
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October 15, 2014



The church year is fully underway now and your Intern Minister is almost up to speed. There is so much involved in congregational ministry! I am enjoying meeting everyone and learning about how all the committees and boards work together to serve the ministry and mission of this church. It is a powerful and beautiful thing to see so many being so intentional in their love and support for this faith community.


There is a lot going on this week - I am particularly interested in hearing Rev. Jeremy's sermon on Sin on Sunday, and I will offer my own words on the subject of virtue the week after.

After worship on Sunday, we'll have a potluck lunch and I will be offering my Gender Literacy 101 class. Bring a dish to share and be ready to learn the latest language and emerging science about gender and identity and how to be as welcoming to everyone as we can be. I am looking forward to sharing this information with everyone.

Dawn Fortune
Intern Minister
This Sunday's Service - October 19, 2014

Seven Modern Sins for the Modern Sinner

Sin does not factor very heavily into most Unitarian Universalist thinking or theology, but it is always instructive to think about what rules we need in order to live with each other. While the traditional seven deadly sins may still have much to teach us, this Sunday I will explore a more modern way to be sinful! 

Leading the service will be Rev. Jeremy D. Nickel, Ministerial Intern Dawn Fortune and Worship Associate Allysson McDonald.  Music will be provided by the Peak Rocks!
Jewelry Making
Jewelry Making Workshop

Come join us from 7:00-10:00 pm on Saturday, October 25 at Jen King's home to make beautiful baubles and bangles to be sold in the Bazaar at this year's Black & White Gala.  No experience necessary. All tools, supplies, and instructions will be provided (although if you have beads or other supplies that you'd like to bring or donate and your own pair of needle nose pliers please bring them). We hope you'll join us for some fun, fellowship, and productivity (and a few snacks).


Gender Literacy 101
Gender Literacy 101

On Sunday, October 19, after church, Intern Minister Dawn Fortune will offer a program called "Gender Literacy 101" here in Cole Hall.

The program will run from noon until 2 p.m. with a potluck luncheon before it begins. 

Bring a dish to share and prepare to learn some new concepts!

Gender diversity is an emerging awareness and challenges us to adjust our old patterns of thinking about identity. Come join Dawn as ze explains the difference between sex, gender and attraction orientation, the importance of identity and language that honors it all.

Dawn will provide a packet of information and resources with the program, and there will be ample time for questions. Gender diversity is the next edge in our understanding of how we are a welcoming faith and a welcoming congregation.
Black & White Gala
Black & White Gala - Deadline for Auction Items is this Sunday!

We need your help to make the Black & White Gala a success!


·       Are you a baker? We need amazing goodies to provide energy and strength for furious bidding.

·       Are you a crafter? We need homemade items to sell in our wonderful Bazaar.

·       Do you enjoy hosting events at your house with really amazing people? Offer a dinner for the auction.

·       Are you musical, like to bird watch, are an artist, or photographer? Offer an auction item sharing your passion.

·       Do you provide professional services or skills that people at Mission Peak need/want? Offer it at the auction and see how high the bidding will go.

·       Do you want help out with a fun event that's VERY important to the continued financial health of MPUUC? Sign up.  We have many, many volunteer opportunities for all skills.


Tickets are on sale for $20 presale this Sunday at MPUUC.


Contact Deanna Kosaraju at dkosaraju@yahoo.com with any questions.   
Stone Garden
Update on the Stone Garden 

Stone Garden (on the corner of Mission and Mowry behind the Mission Valley Veterinary Clinic)


A big THANK YOU to everyone who participated in the Home Grown Harvest Celebration!




Next Work Party:

Saturday, October 18th 1:00-4:00pm

Continue taking down summer crops. Rototille pie slices as available and plant winter crop. Continue laying down cardboard under "storage area" and cover with mulch. Build gates and finish electrical connection.


Interested in getting reminders about upcoming work parties? Join our Group Spaces Volunteer List http://groupspaces.com/StoneGardenVolunteersFremont/


Questions? Contact Deanna Kosaraju at dkosaraju@yahoo.com or 650-346-8601


Book Discussion
Book Discussion - Reclaiming Prophetic Witness

Please join the Social Justice Committee for a book discussion about the UUA Common Read: Reclaiming Prophetic Witness: Liberal Religion In the Public Square by Paul Rasor.  The discussion will take place on November 2 after the service from 11:30 - 1:30 p.m. in Cole Hall.  Childcare is available if you schedule it ahead of time, please contact Melissa Holmes at 510-299-2822 if you need it.  We encourage you to read the book but please join us even if you haven't! Allysson McDonald will be taking orders for the book this Sunday, 10/19, if you haven't gotten a copy yet.  We'd like to know if you'll be joining us, but you're welcome either way!  Please contact Allysson McDonald at Allyssonmcdonald@gmail.com to RSVP.

*We will not be serving refreshments, bring a bag lunch if you'd like.
New to UU Class
New to UU Class - November 1 (10 am to noon)

Join Reverend Jeremy and other congregation leaders to learn more about the history of Unitarian Universalism, our Mission Peak Congregation, opportunities for involvement and more by attending the coming New to UU class on November 1. Everyone is welcome to attend and you are especially invited if:


  • You are relatively new to Mission Peak
  • You have been attending for a while but have not yet become a member
  • You are seeking and questioning and want to learn more

A signup sheet will be available at the Welcome Table on Sunday mornings or you can email Holly Ito at membership@mpuuc.org  or call the office at 510-252-1477 and let us know you will be attending. Childcare will be available with at least 1-week notice and refreshments will be provided.

President's email
President's Email

Reminder -- as my husband and I share a home email address, please send any board-related email for me to president@mpuuc.com.


DeAnna Alm
Sunday Services Volunteers
Sunday Services Committee

We are in need of a goodies provider on the 3rd Sunday of the month.  Ron Qian had to resign from this job.  We also still need people for the aesthetics team.  Please contact  Ursel Bloxsom, Sunday Services Team Coordinator, dsbloxsom@aol.com.


Community Office Hours
Rev. Nickel's upcoming schedule

I am always interested in suggestions for new places, times and ways that this could work better for you, so if you have an idea, please drop me a line, it is as easy as clicking right here.

Tuesday, October 21 - special commuter hours!
4:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Mission Coffee
151 Washington Blvd

Mission Peak UU
Calendar of Upcoming Events

October 12
Stone Garden Home Grown Harvest Celebration
11:30-1:30 pm

The Mystery of Aging 7-9 pm

Buddhist Meditation/Dharma Study 7-9 pm
A Goal Laid Out Using Collage 10-noon
Gender Literacy 101 12- 2 pm
Coffee 4:30-6 pm

Building Your Own Theology 7-9 pm

Buddhist Meditation/Dharma Study 7-9 pm
A Goal Laid Out Using Collage 10-noon

The Mystery of Aging 7-9 pm
Buddhist Meditation/Dharma Study 7-9 pm
New to UU Class 10-noon

Who We Are

Mission Peak Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Fremont was founded in 1993. We are a member congregation of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts.


Mission Peak members determine its policies, choose its minister, and support it financially.


We affirm and promote these UUA Principles and Purposes:

  • The inherent worth and dignity of every person
  • Justice, equity and compassion in human relations
  • Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations
  • A free and responsible search for truth and meaning
  • The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in our society at large
  • The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all
  • Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part

We invite you to join us and add your commitment to ours. Mission Peak is a living and changing congregation, responsive to the spiritual needs of its members. With the leadership of our minister, we search for ways to fulfill ourselves as individuals and as a community. Joining us is a commitment to this process. 


Our mailing address is:

P.O. Box 545 Fremont, CA 94537-0545

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